Effect of dust deposition on the performance of multi-crystalline photovoltaic modules based on experimental measurements

Hussein A. Kazem, Tamer Khatib, Kamaruzzaman Sopian, Frank Buttinger, Wilfried Elmenreich, Ahmed Said Albusaidi

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Abstract

This paper investigates the dust effect on the photovoltaic module (multi-crystalline) performance. The degradation of PV performance due to the deposition of different pollutant types and accumulation has been investigated. Experiments concerning the effects of air pollutants including red soil, ash, sand, calcium carbonate, and silica on the power generated are conducted and analyzed. The results show that the reduction in PV voltage and power is strongly depends on pollutant type and deposition level. The results show that the ash pollutant is the most effecting dust particle on the PV module voltage as compared to the other used dust pollutants. The highest reduction in PV voltage (25%) is recorded when the ash pollutant is used. This paper presents technical information about PV systems performance under Omani desert climate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)850-853
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Renewable Energy Research
Volume3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Dust
Crystalline materials
Electric potential
Calcium carbonate
Particles (particulate matter)
Sand
Silica
Soils
Degradation
Air
Experiments

Keywords

  • Ash
  • Dust deposition
  • Limestone
  • Photovoltaic
  • Red soil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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Effect of dust deposition on the performance of multi-crystalline photovoltaic modules based on experimental measurements. / Kazem, Hussein A.; Khatib, Tamer; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Buttinger, Frank; Elmenreich, Wilfried; Albusaidi, Ahmed Said.

In: International Journal of Renewable Energy Research, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2013, p. 850-853.

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Kazem, Hussein A. ; Khatib, Tamer ; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman ; Buttinger, Frank ; Elmenreich, Wilfried ; Albusaidi, Ahmed Said. / Effect of dust deposition on the performance of multi-crystalline photovoltaic modules based on experimental measurements. In: International Journal of Renewable Energy Research. 2013 ; Vol. 3, No. 4. pp. 850-853.
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